Friday, March 27, 2009

Quote of the Day

"Any fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction." Albert Einstein.
We find ourselves constantly trying to walk that fine line between simplicity and complexity in helping our clients structure their business dealings in general and their contracts in particular. Often times it is a real tug of war. We came across Einstein's quote today and thought it neatly addressed the challenge.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis & Fats Domino

The video quality may not be that great (click on the HQ button if you can), but try out this little video clip.
Why is this important? Because great music is timeless, inspirational and transcendent and I defy you not to feel a little bit better after having watched this. By the way, that's Ron Wood of the Stones in the backup band.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Music Biz Update: Report From SXSW

It's March, so that must mean it's time for one of the most interesting and happening music festivals and conferences in the country: SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas. Click here for a link to a report about SXSW which is set to open tomorrow.
Why is this important? The economy may be in a recession, CD sales may be down, but the world still needs and wants new music. Even in a down economy, there is still great music being made.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The REAL "Free" Credit Report

Once again I am digressing from my goal of writing about interesting intellectual property and entertainment law matters, but this item seems rather important: it turns out that the "free" credit reports advertised in all those cute TV commercials with the guy working in the fish & chips fast-food joint and guys driving around in their old beater car aren't really free after all. That's because you have to buy another product like an annual credit reporting service in order to get the "free" credit report. In response, the U.S. government - in conjunction with the three major credit reporting agencies - have created a website that does in fact offer a truly free credit report without any strings attached.
Why is this important? It's important because these days in particular knowledge is power and knowledge about the state of your credit is particularly powerful.
P.S.: On a lighter note - don't forgot to check out "Lydia The Tattooed Lady" in my March 10, 2009 blog entry.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lydia The Tattooed Lady

Today I thought we would take a short break from serious legal happenings and take a moment to revisit a great moment in film and music histor - click here: Groucho goes crazy!!!

[Hint: It's Groucho being very Groucho and even though it's in black & white I think it will lighten your load even for just a few minutes].

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Here is a link to a recent interesting article about Google's worldwide efforts to reach authors and publishers of books regarding a recent lawsuit settlement deal.

Why is this important? Because Google has settled a class action lawsuit filed against it by a group of authors and publishers who believed that Google's plan to scan and offer for viewing millions of books without the permission of the authors and published violated their copyrights. As part of the settlement, Google will spend $125 million to create a system that will offer copyright owners a chance to opt out of Google's system or receive payment. Thus Google's plan and this settlement could potentially affect millions of authors and publishers worldwide.